‘Nawaz Sharif is PML-N’s political imam and pir’

  • Party leaders say religion shouldn’t be used to further political agenda

LAHORE: Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique said that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s political imam and pir is Nawaz Sharif, and the party is engaged in a continuous struggle to establish the supremacy of the constitution.

PML-N leaders on Saturday said that religion should not be used to further political agendas.

“We all have the same belief and religion and I believe that [people] should refrain from attempting to distribute certificates of belief [in God],” said the railways minister. “We respect all scholars and sheikhs, and, if on any level, there is a misunderstanding, we are ready to clear it.”

Saad, however, said that if people want to further their political agenda or hit his party, there are ‘many other ways to do so.’

“Our goal is to establish civil rule and supremacy of constitution and law in Pakistan,” he said.

Meanwhile, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, speaking to a private news channel, also reiterated the opinions expressed by the railways minister.

“Only God and His Prophet (Peace be upon Him) will decide about the beliefs of individuals,” he said. “And if anyone feels the need or desire to renew their beliefs, they can do so by approaching God.”

Discussing the matter of his resignation, the law minister said that in this world, his political pir is Mian Nawaz Sharif, who also has his resignation.

“My resignation is with him [Nawaz] and if someone wants my ouster, the decision lies with my leader,” Sanaullah said.

It is pertinent to mention here that the protesters of a religious group concluded their seven-day sit-in on Lahore’s Mall Road after reaching an agreement with the Punjab government.

Speaking at a press conference following the agreement, Ashraf Asif Jalali thanked the participants for staging the sit-in for seven consecutive days.

Jalali said the names of those responsible for the change in the amendment to the ‘Finality of Prophethood’ declaration for the electoral candidates in the Elections Act 2017 will be made public by December 20.

He claimed that the government has provided them with a list of protesters who were martyred, wounded, or arrested.

Jalali also said a committee will be formed with regard to the resignation of Punjab law minister Sanaullah.

“If the agreement isn’t acted upon in a month’s time, then we will again take to streets,” he warned, advising his followers to stay ready and on alert.